The last three months have been hectic! Here is a minor update with a few photos. I will try to post more in the upcoming weeks.
Gustav has been born! Body 3658 grams and 52 cm long. After about 20 hours of labour, he finally joined the world and came to life outside of the comforting and safe womb—what a magnificent experience to witness.
Being part of something so miraculous makes you humble and in awe of what women need to undergo to give birth.
Gustav was thirteen days overdue, and mother Eva needed to initiate the birth. Due to statistics and research that childbirth increases when he is overdue by ten days. So we chose to induce labour. First, we inserted a balloon that helped expand the uterus. After that, she started taking prostaglandins as pills. Sometimes this is enough to start contractions. If that’s not enough to induce labour, you will get a drip of oxytocin into your blood.
It didn’t take long until the contractions came, and we drove off to the hospital. Then Eva had about three centimeters opening, and the real battle with contractions could begin. Eva fought gracefully with controlled breathing and focus. After a while, Eva threw me out. You don’t negotiate with a woman in labour. Nothing personal, and I waited patiently in the hallway for the next step.
After about four hours, we got transferred to the birth department with our room. Here we put on a personal playlist of bird sounds and ice water for Eva. The battle with the contractions continued heavily.
As a man, it was a challenge for me to watch the love of my life go through so much pain. You are put on the sideline and can’t do anything to ease her pain.
Then after about 12 hours of intense labour, the pushing could begin. Here we were a team cooperating to get Gustav to see the world’s light. We had three midwives, and I helped Eva push. In the end, he finally came out!
What a miracle❣️ He came out with his eyes wide open. A precious moment never to be forgotten. Relief was the feeling in the room, and the first thing he did was get onto moms chest and connect to the breast: a breathtaking sight and so much love.